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Collaborative efforts – reflective possibilities
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Within the walls of our virtual community, we have experts across a host of domains and practice areas, including many who have been pioneers in their field. These experts, along with others (who may not consider themselves as such) provide advice and thought leadership in this forum.

As you participate over time in the community, you become familiar with the personalities, personas, and acumen of the contributors, to the extent that you start to feel like you know them. If you are like me (with most being thankful that they are not) you ponder the thought – what would a collaborative effort between “x and y type” or “x, y and z type” look like; what project-related problems facing our profession could feasibly be solved if we collaborated on given subjects.

Without mentioning names, but recognizing the skills present, what outputs and outcomes could you envision being generated out of collaborative efforts from our collective “brain trust”?
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Dear George
Despite being registered, attending online conferences and webinars and reading some articles a few years ago (practically since its foundation) I have only recently started to participate more actively.

First of all, I have to congratulate all the people who founded this community for their brilliant idea.
Then thank everyone for taking this initiative from which all of us project managers can benefit.
Finally congratulate everyone for maintaining and making improvements to ProjectManagement.

I haven't had a chance to understand each member's individual skills yet, but in view of what they have done so far (and if there are no financial constraints) the sky is the limit
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My motto is always learning, be it with experts, project managers, scrum masters or any other function I think we can all learn from everyone. There are ideas that often come from where you least expect them, because they are out of the box. Personally I do not know the skills of each member of this community, only what I can infer from the articles, webinars and opinions. So an brainstorming forum where everyone can participate without limitations would be ideal for taking advantage of collective "brain trust" hopefully expecting to see ideas and opinions of other quadrants different from USA or Canada where this community is more focused, i would like to see more diversity this would surely enrich all the contents.
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While I don't think we could solve world hunger or climate change, I do believe that there is sufficient critical mass of active, contributing PM expertise to be able to proactively help practitioners new to the PM role. This ties to Dina's post today about virtual mentoring...
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2 replies by DINA MUHAMAD and Luis Branco
Oct 18, 2019 12:53 AM
DINA MUHAMAD
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I appreciate all the support that new Pms get from this platform.

I always have answers to all the questions i have.
Oct 18, 2019 2:15 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear kiron
You can't end hunger that doesn't exist in the world, but you can do your part :-)
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The very fact that a query posed in this forum gets multitude of responses each with a unique perspective, is an example of a successful collaboration to find solutions or trigger a thought proces to the issue/situation expressed in the query. Expert advice from SMEs, PM templates, opportunities for upskilling could be some of the outcomes of collaborations.
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George,
Between the specialists and the generalists, I think there is a huge wealth of domain knowledge here that could apply to just about any type of project. The personality mix could make for some interesting project teams, some more successful than others.

I've definitely picked up on some who fall on the theorist side of the spectrum, some who are grounded in theory but focused on practical application, and some who think theory is for recent graduates and amateurs.

In my tour of employment opportunities, I've seen my share of personality conflicts when people have radically different approaches and more or less ability to merge them with those of others. Similarly I have seen people move from highly structured PM environments to minimally structured and vise versa. Some adapt well, and some are extremely uncomfortable with the cultural shift.

I suspect that much like other project teams, interactions would range from certain people self-forming collaborative brain trusts, all the way to people who head for an exit or pretend to be on the phone when certain teammates enter the work-group area.
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@Keith, you have officially burst my bubble and @Kiron, you took “world hunger” and “climate change” off the table; so what are we to do? :)

I had an interesting experience after my live webinar (a couple of months ago), where a highly respected first batch PMP recipient (Jan 1, 1984) reached out to me and wanted to have a video conference. We hooked up and spoke for about 45 minutes on a myriad of subjects. The back and forth resonated for both of us and was quite fulfilling. I’ve had other experiences, such as working on international projects dealing with diverse cultures/approaches/personalities, where the exchange of ideas was never-never easy, but always valuable both from a project and a personal perspective.

I truly enjoy the comment-based discussions we have on the board and the value we are able to provide. However, I believe there is another level of collaboration that is needed at times which is best sufficed via other mediums (e.g. video, voice, content sharing). I’m not sure how this would look (for sure), but I do know it would add value to the community.

How about baby-stepping into it, even without delivered functionality to this platform. What are your thoughts?
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2 replies by Keith Novak and Kiron Bondale
Oct 18, 2019 6:19 AM
Kiron Bondale
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George -

I did suggest to Marjorie and the other moderators at the Global Conference that we do an "Ask Me Anything" type panel discussion with some of the more prolific contributors present. That would be an opportunity for members to ask questions but also for the panel to discuss interesting topics amongst themselves...

Perhaps that's an offering we'll see in 2020?

Till then, the other option is for a few of us to independently set up a video discussion via Skype, Slack or some other platform. Sante, Rami & I had done that way back when we were toying with the idea of co-publishing something...

Kiron
Oct 18, 2019 9:26 AM
Keith Novak
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George,
It's not limited to this community. Sometimes when teams of battle hardened professionals are assembled, the story plays out like Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, selflessly struggling for the higher goal. Other times it resembles 1970's Kung-Fu movies.

"Your Agile Dragon style is no match for my Five Level Gantt Chart of Death! WE MUST FIGHT!!!" ;-)
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Oct 17, 2019 12:44 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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While I don't think we could solve world hunger or climate change, I do believe that there is sufficient critical mass of active, contributing PM expertise to be able to proactively help practitioners new to the PM role. This ties to Dina's post today about virtual mentoring...
I appreciate all the support that new Pms get from this platform.

I always have answers to all the questions i have.
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Dear George
I recently covered this video theme in one of my questions
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...ual-conferences
I am really convinced that this is an excellent challenge and that its implementation will only add value to the community.
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Oct 17, 2019 10:12 PM
Replying to George Freeman
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@Keith, you have officially burst my bubble and @Kiron, you took “world hunger” and “climate change” off the table; so what are we to do? :)

I had an interesting experience after my live webinar (a couple of months ago), where a highly respected first batch PMP recipient (Jan 1, 1984) reached out to me and wanted to have a video conference. We hooked up and spoke for about 45 minutes on a myriad of subjects. The back and forth resonated for both of us and was quite fulfilling. I’ve had other experiences, such as working on international projects dealing with diverse cultures/approaches/personalities, where the exchange of ideas was never-never easy, but always valuable both from a project and a personal perspective.

I truly enjoy the comment-based discussions we have on the board and the value we are able to provide. However, I believe there is another level of collaboration that is needed at times which is best sufficed via other mediums (e.g. video, voice, content sharing). I’m not sure how this would look (for sure), but I do know it would add value to the community.

How about baby-stepping into it, even without delivered functionality to this platform. What are your thoughts?
George -

I did suggest to Marjorie and the other moderators at the Global Conference that we do an "Ask Me Anything" type panel discussion with some of the more prolific contributors present. That would be an opportunity for members to ask questions but also for the panel to discuss interesting topics amongst themselves...

Perhaps that's an offering we'll see in 2020?

Till then, the other option is for a few of us to independently set up a video discussion via Skype, Slack or some other platform. Sante, Rami & I had done that way back when we were toying with the idea of co-publishing something...

Kiron
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Always up for consolidating efforts on a new venture. We could certainly start a Slack or Discord channel as an offshoot to this community. It would offer opportunities to take advantage of some more modern social features within the capabilities.
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